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1.1 Population and migration (OECD)
International Migration

Purpose

To produce consistent and annual international migration data for OECD member countries and some non-member countries and ensure methodological soundness and comparability of international migration data.

Objectives and outputs

Updating and extending the International Migration Database available via OECD.Stat and publishing an extensive statistical annex in the annual report "International Migration Outlook" (IMO), which contains the most recent available data on migration flows, foreign and immigrant populations, foreign workers, and naturalisations.

Producing and improving standardised long-term and temporary inflows series (see IMO publication).

Updating the Database on Immigrants in OECD Countries (DIOC) for the years 2005/06.

Extension of the existing Database on Immigrants in OECD Countries (DIOC) to more than 90 countries of destination. The current version of DIOC-E (release 2.0) covers information on 31 OECD and 58 non-OECD destination countries, including country of birth, sex, educational attainment level, age, labour force status and occupation. Dissemination of DIOC-E (release 2.0) and publication of the OECD Working Paper "International Migrants in Developed, Emerging and Developing Countries: An Extended Profile" (see www.oecd.org/migration/dioc/extended).

Developing a dataset on integration of immigrants and their offspring.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Georgia, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, Other, Peru, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Databases

Migration Statistics

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

A large number of tables will be added to the International Migration Database available via OECD.Stat (harmonised flows of permanent and temporary migrants by category of entry; labour market outcomes of native- and foreign-born populations).

At least 10 additional non-OECD countries will be included in a third release of DIOC-E in 2011.

Release of the update of DIOC for the years 2005/06 is scheduled for January 2011.

Indicators on integration of immigrants and their offspring will be developed.

Data collection:

Extension of the geographical coverage (incl. non-OECD countries not listed above).

Dissemination of data from the update of DIOC for the year 2005/06

A large set of tables will be added to the dataset (flows of permanent and temporary migrants by category of entry; Labour market outcomes of native- and foreign-born populations).

Gender mainstreaming: Extension of the IMO database to data on flows of immigrant women.

Data management:
As regards to the OECD Database on International Migration, all the metadata have been centrally stored in MetaStore.

Population Projections

Purpose

Maintain a population projections database to achieve transparency in the use of population projections within OECD.

Objectives and outputs

Creation of the database populated with ELS data.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, World

Databases

MEI SQL

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Update the database with UN revised data for the non member countries data and national statistical sites for members countries data.


1.2 Labour (OECD)
Annual Labour Force Statistics

Purpose

To provide relevant, reliable annual labour force statistics covering long time series for internal OECD users (in particular, the Economics Department), Member country government agencies and other external users in academic institutions and private enterprise.

Objectives and outputs

The main objective is to provide long time series for key annual statistics on population, labour force, employment and unemployment. This database contains annual statistics for OECD member countries comprising: population, total employment, unemployment, civilian employment by sectors, part-time employment, duration of unemployment. Published output also includes participation and unemployment rates by gender and detailed age groups as well as comparative tables for the main components of the labour force.

Data are available for all OECD member countries and for OECD-Total, Euro area and European Union. Time series cover 20 years for most countries. The long time-series for the data presented facilitate identification of structural changes in labour force over time.

Published output are also accompanied by target OECD and ILO international statistical standards (definitions, etc) and summary methodological information (national definitions, coverage, collection, calculation, series breaks, sources) used by individual OECD Member countries in the compilation of the statistics published in the ALFS.

Databases

Annual Labour Force Statistics

Main Developments for 2011

Data collection:

Targeted countries slow at responding to the annual questionnaire will be requested to speed up their response.

Infra-annual Labour Force Statistics

Purpose

To provide relevant, reliable key infra-annual labour force statistics such as employment and unemployment (levels, rates) for internal OECD users, member country government agencies and other external users in academic institutions and private enterprise.

Objectives and outputs

The main objective is to provide long time series for key infra-annual labour statistics as well as timely short-term indicators on the labour force such as employment and unemployment. Data are disseminated in the OECD Main Economic Indicators (MEI) database, a monthly press release on harmonised unemployment and on OECD.Stat.

The MEI database contains monthly, quarterly and annual indicators on employment, unemployment, labour compensation and for some countries indicators on vacancies, hours worked, labour disputes, etc.

Data are available for all OECD member countries and for key series (employment, unemployment, hourly earnings) aggregates for OECD-Total, Major seven, OECD-Europe, EU27 and Euro area and for selected non-member countries.

In the MEI series are accompanied by summary metadata outlining key concepts, coverage, etc. Published output are also accompanied by target OECD and ILO international statistical standards (definitions, etc) and summary methodological information (national definitions, coverage, collection, calculation, series breaks, sources) used by individual OECD member countries in data compilation.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa

Databases

ALFS_POP_VITAL ALFS_POP_LABOUR ALFS_EMP ALFS_SUMTAB

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Quarterly News Release on Employment.
Investigation into further measures of unemployment.

Data collection:

Small number of countries slow at responding to the annual questionnaire will be requested to speed up their response. The collection of further data and metadata for NMEs, in particular, China and India.

Labour Market Statistics

Purpose

To produce a comprehensive set of statistics to monitor developments in OECD labour markets, and to enhance their international comparability.

To provide statistical information to undertake labour market analyses and policy formulation to be discussed at international meetings on labour policies.

To provide background information for preparatory work for international statistical guidelines.

Objectives and outputs

Regular collection, production and dissemination of labour statistics on labour market outcomes and performance (i.e. earnings levels, earnings distribution, etc.) and institutional variables (i.e. minimum wages, stock of participants and expenditure on labour market programmes - LMP data, EPL index, trade union membership, collective bargaining coverage, etc.) to serve as an analytical basis for labour market analysis.

Data are used to produce the statistical annex of the Employment Outlook and the internal and external on-line Labour Force Statistics database stored on OECD.Stat (Key Employment Statistics and www.oecd.org/els/employment/data).

Some of the data series are reported in the OECD Main Economic Indicators database (http://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx) and in the OECD Annual Labour Force Statistics publication.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa

Databases

Labour Market Statistics

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

The expansion of the LFS database will gain momentum to improve country coverage and comparability regarding job tenure, hours worked and wage earnings data and to compile data in the area of youth and workforce ageing, statistics to characterise inactivity, etc.

Time permitting a closer look at statistics to characterise informal employment will be attempted based on existing international guidelines on this subject.

Work underway to consolidate earnings related statistics and to improve their comparability.

Continuation of the assessment of annual working time statistics to improve their international comparability with the aim of publishing of comparable estimates on annual hours actually worked per employed person in the statistical annex of the Employment Outlook.

Continuous migration of data and metadata that are relevant for labour market statistics to OECD.Stat for internal and external web based dissemination.

Data collection:

Given the analytical capacity of working with individual records for policy formulation, it is felt important, where possible, to develop the capability for direct access to labour force survey (public use) microdatasets in OECD Member States with a particular focus on non-EU countries.

So far, we have been able to access to labour force survey public use files of 9 OECD countries.

Besides, in the two period of 2009-2010, public use files of household survey microdatasets were collected for Brazil, India, Indonesia and South Africa as well as for Mexico and Turkey.

Further exploration on the availability of labour force and income surveys will be pursued in 2011 to include micro-datasets for Chile, the Russian Federation, and other OECD countries.

In 2011, micro-datasets stored currently are expected to be updated.

Data management:

Partial migration of the Earnings distribution database in 2010, which will be pursued in 2011.

Unit Labour Cost and Competitiveness Indicators

Purpose

To maintain and expand the OECD System of Unit Labour Cost and Related Indicators, which brings together a wide range of data sources for all OECD member countries. A set of internationally comparable quarterly unit labour cost (ULC) indexes for eight economic sectors (ULC) indexes are produced together with annual series for ULC, Labour productivity, Labour Compensation (including PPP adjusted), Labour Income shares and Exchange rate adjusted ULC.

In addition, early estimates of quarterly ULCs are produced at t+75 (as a target) and disseminated via a media release.

At the same time, labour compensation statistics are updated an on-going basis every month, as an input to the MEI publications.

The quarterly ULCs provide the inputs to the Economics Department for production of their real effective exchange rates competitiveness indicators.

Objectives and outputs

The key objectives of 2010 were to review the quality and comparability of established production system. An early estimate of quarterly (EEQ) ULCs were developed which improve the timeliness, comparability with those produced by ECB, and analytical capacity of the existing ULCs. The EEQ ULCs are compiled indirect method which means that seasonally adjusted (SA) ULCs are compiled from SA component series collected from NSOs as much as possible. The EEQ ULCs was presented at the 2010 WPNA meeting and received constructive feedbacks. At the same time, ULC media release is revised. In addition, annual data was prepared for publication in the OECD Factbook. Joint ULC project between STD and ECB was continued.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Russian Federation, South Africa

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Major tasks in 2011 will involve the updating and maintenance of the high quality of the data compiled and disseminated, and continued co-operation with ECB as well as reflecting revision of ULC database according to new industrial classification. At the same time, compilation of new ULCs for key non-member countries and G20 countries will be pursued. In addition, preparation of Trade and competiveness at a glance publication will be developed.

Data collection:

Major task will be the incorporation of the very large number of new series into the on-going MEI data collection processes.


1.3 Education (OECD)
AHELO (Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes) Feasibility Study

Purpose

The purpose of the AHELO feasibility study is to assess whether it is possible to measure what undergraduate degree students know and can do at the international level, in order to provide better information to higher education institutions, governments and other stakeholders, including students and employers. This will entail an evaluation of the scientific feasibility of undertaking an international assessment of higher education learning outcomes (in generic and subject-specific skills) at the end of a Bachelor's degree programme, as well as gauging the feasibility of its practical implementation.

Objectives and outputs

In 2010, contractors have started work on the development, adaptation and translation of assessment frameworks and instruments in all 3 strands of work (generic skills, economics and engineering).

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Colombia, Egypt, Other, Russian Federation

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Work in 2011 will involve:
• The small-scale validation of the assessment instruments in all 3 strands through focus groups of students in institutions;
• The development of contextual surveys of students, faculties and institutions to better understand the contexts in which teaching and learning takes place;
• Pre-implementation work.

Subject to funding availability, the 2nd phase of work will be launched, i.e. the international implementation of instruments undertaken in participating countries and institutions.

Subject to funding, the implementation phase could also start in the Asia-Pacific region.

Education (INES activities)

Purpose

To produce and publish indicators and analysis on the operation, evolution and impact of education, from early childhood through formal education to learning and training throughout life. The collected data cover the outputs of educational institutions, the policy levers that shape educational outputs, the human and financial resources invested in education, structural characteristics of education systems, and the economic and social outcomes of education.

Objectives and outputs

Production of indicators on the financing of education, participation in and graduation from education. Indicators on educational attainment of the adult population and associated labour market outcomes, teacher salaries and work conditions, and instruction time are provided by INES Networks LSO (Labour Market, Economic and Social Outcomes of Learning) and NESLI (Collection and Adjudication of System-level descriptive Information on Educational Structures, Policies and Practices).

The main publication is "Education at a Glance".

Main achievements in 2011 include the consolidation of the technical documentation of the education data collection, the development of indicators on the net present value of education, the relative earnings according to the level of educational attainment and the social outcomes of education as well as on how efficiently are resources used in education, on how do education systems monitor school performance. It also includes PISA 2009 results, the new indicators on school accountability, upper secondary and tertiary studies by field of education, upper secondary completion rates and the development of trend data on access and graduation to education and on financial aid to students. Ongoing methodological work includes: students' mobility and graduation comparability study, conceptual framework for the measurement of knowledge and skills, development of efficiency measures, consolidation of tertiary indicators and improvement of the quality of ISCED implementation.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Russian Federation

Databases

Education database

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Education database will benefit from the OECD.Stat and MetaStore developments. Trend data will be reviewed. Data and indicator development will include improving the quality and relevance of the tertiary indicators on entry, graduation, tuition fees and student mobility, further developing the indicators on educational efficiency and on upper secondary completion rates. A programme of work will also continue to review comparability issues with the international education classification (ISCED) and to develop solutions to tackle these.

Data collection:

New quality and timeliness standards for data collection and indicator compilation will be introduced.
Inclusion of a new questionnaire on Completion rate and average duration of tertiary studies.

Educational Facilities

Purpose

To develop international profiles on educational facilities policy and practice.

Objectives and outputs

The principal objective is to address the need for basic information on facilities-related issues, which commenced in 2009-10 in three data collections involving 11 countries: International Profile on Educational Facilities Policy and Practice; Questionnaire on Strategic Investment Planning (in collaboration with the EIB); and Survey on Space Standards.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

In 2011, information collection in the previous biennium will be expanded and synthesised, using the social networking site developed in 2010 as the dissemination tool. Information will continue to be collected and updated on current policy-related issues and challenges in countries, decision-making and procurement approaches, process for assessing needs in capital planning projects, and space standards.

Indicators on Skills, Mobility and Job Quality

Purpose

To provide OECD Members with a statistical tool for better understanding the relationship between skills, mobility and job quality at the local level. This activity will contribute to the OECD Skills Strategy.

Objectives and outputs

As part of its 2009-10 Programme of Work, LEED has piloted a new statistical diagnostic tool in three countries (Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom) to better understand the balance between skills supply and demand at sub-regional level. In 2011-12 this tool will be applied in a broad set of countries, drawing on available data at TL3 level to produce composite indicators of supply and demand. Data will be collected for a number of indicators including qualification levels, productivity, occupational structure, wages, unemployment and migration at sub-regional level and analysed by the Secretariat. The work will be carried out in collaboration with ELS (Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs) and EDU (Directorate for Education) and is a key output within the OECD Skills Strategy.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

N/A

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Purpose

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was created by the OECD member countries in 1997 to produce direct assessments of student performance, on a regular basis in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner; and to provide more relevant and powerful indicators of human capital. PISA produces assessments of reading literacy, mathematical literacy, scientific literacy and a growing range of cross-curricular competencies among 15-year-olds in school.

Objectives and outputs

In 2011, following the release of the initial report of 2009 data in December 2010, there will be thematic reports produced on digital reading skills and the use of ICT, learning gains (based on the Canadian PISA cohort study) and children of immigrants. The results from the 9 additional countries who implemented PISA 2009 one year later will be published. In addition, there will be thematic reports produced from the PISA 2006 data on career expectations. Thematic analysis on the topics of family resources and of private schooling will be released as OECD working papers.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Peru, Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russian Federation, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela

Databases

PISA 2009 international database

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

2011 will be a further important year for reporting the results from PISA 2009. In addition, the field trial for PISA 2012 will be conducted among the 67 participating countries and economies.

Data collection:

The field trial for the PISA 2012 data collection will be conducted in 2011. As well as data collection in the core subjects of mathematics, reading and science (with mathematics the major domain), there will be data collection from the assessment of problem solving skills (entirely electronic assessment and data collection) and the optional assessment of financial literacy.

Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Purpose

To identify and measure differences between individuals and across countries in key competencies and other economic and social outcomes believed to underpin both personal and societal success; assess their impact on economic and social outcomes; assess the performance of education and training systems in generating the required competencies at the levels required by social and economic demands; and identify key policy levers that lead to enhancing competencies and their effective utilisation.

Objectives and outputs

The objective for 2011 is to make final preparations for the main survey (in January-July) and to implement it (in August-March 2012).
Non-member countries involved in the activity:
Cyprus, Russian Federation

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

The project will enter the implementation phase and commence initial analytical works.

Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS)

Purpose

To provide data and indicators on the learning environment in schools and about the work of teachers, as part of the OECD education indicator work.

Objectives and outputs

The further development of indicators and analysis of teachers, teaching and learning through further analysis of the first round of TALIS (thematic report on the working experience of new teachers) and preparation of a second round, for which data collection is scheduled to take place in 2012 and 2013.

TALIS focuses on the learning environment in schools, sampling teachers and school principals and aims to provide cross-country data, indicators and analysis on factors influencing effective teaching and learning and the working environment of teachers. The focus for the core survey of second round is lower secondary (ISCED Level 2), though countries also have the option to survey elementary (ISCED Level 1) and upper secondary (ISECD Level 3) schools.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Other, Republic of Serbia

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

The first round of TALIS was completed in 2009 with the first results reported in "Creating effective teaching and learning environments: First results from TALIS", published in June 2009. A selection of indicators was also published in Education at a Glance 2009 and in a thematic report by the European Commission "Teachers's professional development".

The work in 2011 will focus on further exploitation of the data from the first round of TALIS, including through the publication of a thematic reports on the working experience of new teachers and on innovation in education. The work during 2011 will also focus on the preparation of the next round of data collection, particularly on the development of the survey framework and questionnaires and on the pilot trial.


1.4 Health (OECD)
Health Accounts

Purpose

To provide policy relevant, comparative data and analysis on health expenditure and financing, and to facilitate harmonisation across national health accounting practices. To provide data sources for research and to make country-specific health accounts data and analysis more widely available.

Objectives and outputs

The fifth Joint OECD, Eurostat and WHO System Health Accounts (SHA) data collection was successfully implemented in 2010. It has improved the availability and comparability of health expenditure data and also contributed to the improvement in health expenditure data published in OECD Health Data. A System of Health Accounts database has been developed as a component of the OECD Statistical Information System. National Health Accounts Experts and others interested in accessing health accounts data can now do so using OECD.Stat and SourceOECD.

Methodological developmental work has continued over recent years on a number of projects: Improving the Comparability and Availability of Private Health Expenditure; Development of Output based Health-Specific Purchasing Power Parities; Estimating Expenditure by Disease, Age and Gender; and Improving Estimates of Imports and Exports of Health Goods and Services. The consultation process for the revision of the SHA manual has continued. The revision is a collaborative activity of the OECD, Eurostat and WHO.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa

Databases

OECD Health Data (Expenditure and Financing)
System of Health Accounts Database

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

In 2011, the sixth Joint OECD-Eurostat-WHO health accounts (SHA) data collection will take place. Previous improvements to the validation tools used both by the national compilers and the international organisations will continue to provide efficiency gains in the validation exercise and ultimately feed through to improved timeliness in dissemination of the data.

Health Care Quality Indicators

Purpose

The purpose of the Health Care Quality Indicators (HCQI) Project is to develop a set of indicators that can be used to raise questions regarding quality of care across countries. They are reported as a regular chapter in Health at a Glance since 2007.

Objectives and outputs

The HCQI Project goals in 2010 are: to review and refine existing quality of care indicators in preparation for the 2010-11 HCQI Data Collection to commence in November 2010; and to undertake data analysis to support research work in relation to the Health Ministerial Meeting in October 2010 and the ongoing priorities of the HCQI Project.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Singapore

Databases

HCQI Data Collection

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

The HCQI project is embarking on further development work with respect to indicator improvement and interpretation of cross country variations. The main focus is on:
• The development of new patient safety indicators,
• The prospects of getting good information on patient experience, and
• The inclusion of data from additional countries.

The HCQI project will also expand work in the cross-national analysis of the quality of cancer care performance and the construction of more direct measures of primary care quality for understanding observed differences.

Data management:

Ongoing consideration of StatWorks during 2010-11.

Health Data

Purpose

To provide policy makers and health researchers with a wide range of statistics on health and health systems to allow comparative analysis of different aspects of the performance of health systems. The central parts of the database include data on health care resources, their utilisation, health expenditure and financing. This is complemented by data on health status and lifestyle factors affecting health. Developmental work is also under way to obtain comparable data on disparities in health status and health care access and use. Some of these data will be gradually included in OECD Health Data to fill important gaps in measuring this dimension of the performance of health systems.

Objectives and outputs

Progress was achieved in 2010 in improving the availability and comparability of data on certain health-related lifestyle factors, including nutrition and obesity.

Two new editions of "Health at a Glance" were released in December 2010: "Health at a Glance: Europe 2010" (in cooperation with the European Commission) and "Health at a Glance: Asia-Pacific 2010 (in cooperation with the OECD/Korea Policy Centre).

The activity is co-ordinated with Eurostat, WHO Geneva and WHO Europe, notably through a new joint data collection on non-monetary health care statistics which was successfully launched in 2010 to reduce the duplication of work and promote the harmonisation of international data collection and reporting.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa

Databases

OECD Health Data 2011

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Improving the availability and comparability of data on health status (morbidity) and health care interventions (surgical procedures). Exploring the possibility to extend the joint data collection between the OECD/Eurostat/WHO Europe to include health care activities (in addition to health care resources).

Developing data and indicators on disparities in health status and health care access and use, working in collaboration with Eurostat and WHO.

Data management:

Migration of OECD Health Data from the IRDES-based system to StatWorks and MetaStore, and full dissemination in OECD.Stat in 2011.

Mental Health, Disability and Work

Purpose

Over the past four years, the OECD Review "Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers" (see www.oecd.org/els/disability) concluded that policy has changed very much in many countries but not enough in most cases; by and large policies remain too passive in nature. The review identified two big questions to be addressed more fervently: First, why so many people take leave of absence or apply for a disability benefit on the grounds of mental illness; and secondly, how people with mental health conditions could be better integrated into the labour market.

The new OECD Review "Disability and Work: Challenges for Labour Market Inclusion of People with Mental Illness" aims to address these two questions, by drawing lessons from policies and outcomes in ten member countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States).

Objectives and outputs

The launch meeting at OECD headquarters in Paris, April 26-28, 2010 is intended to bring together policymakers, researchers, and other experts who can contribute state-of-the-art evidence and experience to frame the issues surrounding increasing labour market inclusion for individuals with a mental health-related disability.

A data questionnaire was sent in the Autumn 2010 to ten member countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States) participating in the new OECD Review "Disability and Work: Challenges for Labour Market Inclusion of People with Mental Illness".

Release in November 2010 of "Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers - A Synthesis of Findings across OECD Countries" - see www.oecd.org/els/disability.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Preparation of a background report (release in Autumn 2011), including new comparative indicators and analysis on the relationship between mental health conditions, work and benefit recipiency; based on data received from ten OECD countries. The report and the indicators will inform the second phase of the project which aims to provide evidence-based policy conclusions for the countries participating in the project.


1.5 Income and consumption (OECD)
Revision of the Canberra Handbook on the Measurement of Household Income

Purpose

To revise the 2005 Handbook on the Measurement of Household Income, in the light of evidence from new research and statistical conventions

Objectives and outputs

Work started in the fall of 2009, continued in 2010 and will be completed by mid-2011. A complete re-draft of the Handbook is now available and will be circulated in early-2011 to the CES Bureau. After circulation to member countries, the final version should be adopted by the CES plenary in June 2011.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

A first draft of the revised handbook is now available.


1.6 Social protection (OECD)
Social Expenditure

Purpose

The database has been developed to monitor trends in aggregate social expenditure as well as changes in its composition. SOCX includes historical series from 1980 on public and mandatory private social expenditure at programme level classified under the major social policy areas.

Objectives and outputs

Social Expenditure Database: data collection (in co-operation with Eurostat for EU countries) and dissemination on the internet www.oecd.org/els/social/expenditure of expenditure data, programme by programme, grouped in the main expenditure categories, from 1980 to 2007.

SOCX (2010) came out in October 2010, including net (after taxes) and voluntary social spending.

Databases

Social expenditures

Main Developments for 2011

Data collection:

Data update every other year. 2006 and 2007 were collected in first semester of 2010.
We should compute some short term spending projections till 2012.

Social Benefit Recipients

Purpose

Detailed data on benefit recipiency in a comparative framework are needed to assess how effective social safety nets are at reaching their objectives.

For instance, they show who benefits from social safety nets, and what share of a targeted population is actually covered. In a longitudinal perspective, these recipiency data help identify the role of safety nets across the economic cycle, and how recipients adjust to changes in programme rules. These questions are essential in the perspective of adapting social systems to future economic and demographic challenges.

Currently, comprehensive data on benefit recipiency is not easily available, and is sometime difficult to obtain even at country level. Furthermore, very little information is usually provided on beneficiary characteristics, almost no information is available on programme entries and exits except in some cases.

The database should ideally cover income replacement benefits and their main supplements paid to the working age population.

Objectives and outputs

A first partial and preliminary version of the database will be made available by December 2011. This version will include annual caseloads for 2008 and, to the extent possible, inflows during the same period. Subject to data availability the number of recipients will be broken down by age and gender.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

N/A